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DIY Pumpkin Spice Syrup Better than Starbucks

Updated on October 25, 2014

Fall is here which means....PUMPKIN!

Two of my favorite things in life include coffee and fall. Combine the two and what do you get? PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE!!! I know many that have come to love Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts for their fall signature latte's, however, going to Starbucks every morning is not cheap ($4.45 for a Grande PSL in Orlando). As a broke college student I can definitely relate. Without further ado, I bring you...My own version of Pumpkin Spice Syrup, which might I add, is dirt cheap to make.


Why is this recipe better than Starbucks?

One of the weird things about Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte is that it contains 0% actual pumpkin. I can't say that my version is super healthy and so good for you but I can say that mine actually contains pumpkin. I am sick of going to the store and paying a fortune for syrups and then looking at the ingredients and finding a slurry of ingredients I don't understand. The other day I found a sugar free caramel syrup and on the ingredients label was something very odd...LACTIC ACID. Lactic acid is the same stuff that builds up in your muscles when you exercise and don't stretch. The stuff that causes your muscles to be sore and cramp up. I don't know about you, but I don't think there is any need to be putting this stuff in the things we eat. The only reason why these bad chemicals is in our food is because they preserve the shelf life so the company doesn't waste any food cost. Anyway what I am trying to say is, let's go back to basics. This recipe is easy, really cheap and trust me, you will feel so good knowing that there are no harsh chemicals or preservatives in this recipe. Enjoy!

Better than Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Syrup

5 stars from 2 ratings of Pumpkin Spice Syrup

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: 1 cup of Syrup


  • 3/4 cup Water
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 2 tsp Pumpkin Spice Extract, (Found this at Walmart for $2.50)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 cup Canned Pumpkin Puree, (Maybe add a little more to taste)
  • A Dash of Cinnamon

Better than Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Syrup

  1. Add water and sugar in a pan over med-high. Add pumpkin puree, mix until hot and sugar is fully dissolved.
  2. Add both extracts and a dash of cinnamon. Stir together until fully combined. Let mixture cool a bit before pouring into a container. Store in the refrigerator.
  3. To make Latte: Brew a double shot of espresso, in a large glass add 2-3 tbsp of pumpkin spice syrup with espresso. Add Ice and cold milk, stir and enjoy with whipped cream on top with a dash of caramel syrup.
  4. Store in the Refrigerator for no more than a month.


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